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Police intelligence-gathering at risk as PCSO numbers slashed, Labour claims


CRUCIAL intelligence gathering is at risk because of a huge reduction in neighbourhood cops, Labour claims.

The number of Police Community Support Officers has fallen from 16,918 in 2010 to 9,180 this year.

The number of PCSOs in Britain has almost halved over the past decade

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The number of PCSOs in Britain has almost halved over the past decadeCredit: Alamy

Shadow Home Office Minister Sarah Jones said the Government has “ripped the heart out of neighbourhood policing”.

She added: “This has done huge damage to the vital intelligence gathering work of PCSOs.”

A Government spokesman said: “The deployment of PCSOs is a matter for Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners.”

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